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The Daily Dispatch: November 25, 1864., [Electronic resource], A Relic of New Orleans. (search)
A Relic of New Orleans. --" 'Uncle Billy Allen' was in Selma on yesterday. He is just now returning from Virginia, where he has been to visit his children. Uncle Billy is very old and decrepit, being one hundred and three years of age; and his grey hairs, venerable countenance, together with the memories that cluster around him of the trials and tribulations of the war with Great Britain, enlist the sympathies of all good-hearted people. He was General Jackson's body servant, and was present with that great man at the battle of New Orleans, of which he speaks a good deal. He speaks the Indian language fluently, and was Jackson's interpreter, and recollects well the death of General Beckenham. The old man has become somewhat childish, and, being almost blind, walks with two sticks. He was on his way to Salem, Mississippi, where he resides."--Mississippian (Selma), November, 11.